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Murder on the Maungatapu

by Wayne Martin

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PUBLISHED: 1st September 2016
ISBN: 9781927145746
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Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, including little-known original accounts, Murder on the Maungatapu tells the fascinating full story of a dark episode in New Zealand's history. It is a superbly written tale of blood and gold, of betrayal and vengeance, which draws some startling conclusions about New Zealand's crime of the nineteenth century.
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  • Paperback
    $34.65
PUBLISHED: 1st September 2016
ISBN: 9781927145746
ANNOTATION:
Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, including little-known original accounts, Murder on the Maungatapu tells the fascinating full story of a dark episode in New Zealand's history. It is a superbly written tale of blood and gold, of betrayal and vengeance, which draws some startling conclusions about New Zealand's crime of the nineteenth century.

Annotation

Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, including little-known original accounts, Murder on the Maungatapu tells the fascinating full story of a dark episode in New Zealand's history. It is a superbly written tale of blood and gold, of betrayal and vengeance, which draws some startling conclusions about New Zealand's crime of the nineteenth century.

Publisher Description

In the winter of 1866 New Zealand's most notorious bushranger, Richard Burgess, knelt at a small desk in his Nelson prison cell, took up his quill pen and began to write. His life, he knew, was beyond salvation but words were the last weapon at his disposal to consign his mortal enemy, gang turncoat Joseph Sullivan, to the gallows. The blood-soaked confession that followed was described by Mark Twain as 'without its peer in the literature of murder'. Five bodies had been recovered from Maungatapu Mountain in the upper South Island, and another from the West Coast. But who had done the killing, and how many other victims were there? What had brought the ruthless Burgess Gang to this point? Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, including little-known original accounts by Sullivan, Murder on the Maungatapu tells the fascinating full story of a dark episode in New Zealand's history. It is a superbly written tale of blood and gold, of betrayal and vengeance, which draws some startling conclusions about New Zealand's crime of the nineteenth century.

Author Biography

Wayne Martin is a Christchurch-based writer, history enthusiast and mechanical engineer.

Product Details

Author
Wayne Martin
Pages
320
Publisher
Canterbury University Press
Year
2016
ISBN-10
1927145740
ISBN-13
9781927145746
Format
Paperback
Subtitle
A Narrative History of the Burgess Gang and Their Greatest Crime
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Illustrations
55 black and white photographs
Short Title
MURDER ON THE MAUNGATAPU
Language
English
Media
Book
Publication Date
2016-09-01
Audience
Professional and Scholarly

Product Reviews

06 Sep, 2018
Wayne Martin has written an extraordinary narrative account of the Maungatapu murders and the lives of the Burgess gang in early New Zealand. The story is fascinating and I found it hard to put the book down.
By Helen